Chelsea is an affluent, residential corner of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It has very few hotels and no real budget hotel options at all. But some economical hotels nearby serve visitors to Chelsea itself and fans of Chelsea Football Club -- which, as it happens, is in Fulham.
Ibis London Earl's Court
Ibis is one of the budget brands of the French-owned Accorhotels group, which also owns the Sofitel, Novotel and Mercure brands. It's basic and some of the rooms are on the small side, but the staff run the place as professionally as you'd expect of a large, successful group. Rooms are neat, tidy and in working order. Located just outside Chelsea, in Fulham, the hotel is close to West Brompton and Earl's Court Underground stations and one Tube stop, or a 20-minute walk to Chelsea Football Club.
Millennium and Copthorne Chelsea Football Club
Turn left out of the front door of this hotel, on the Chelsea FC's Fulham patch, and within five minutes you'd be in Chelsea. The Copthorne rooms of this hotel (it's two categories of hotel in one building) are good value for modern, well-equipped, relatively central rooms -- but only when the team is playing away. Guests on match days pay a hefty premium for great views of Chelsea's football grounds.
Grosvenor Kensington Hotel
A converted Victorian mansion block (British for apartment building), this hotel is across the street from South Kensington Underground station, convenient for Harrods and access to good sightseeing. Some of the larger rooms are set up for families of up to four guests. They are quickly booked for school vacations since the hotel is just around the corner from both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. This part of South Kensington is just a few hundred yards from Chelsea, handy for shopping along Chelsea's King's Road. It's also on the No. 14 bus route to Chelsea Football Club.
Jurys Inn, Chelsea
Once again, this is a Chelsea hotel in name only since it's between the Chelsea Harbour and Imperial Wharf developments in Fulham. Part of an Irish chain of moderately priced city hotels, Jurys Inn has 172 modern, simply furnished rooms. Guests may appreciate the hotel's bar and restaurant. Jurys Inn is relatively isolated with only overland rail services from nearby Imperial Wharf to Clapham Junction. Chelsea Football Club is about a mile away.
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